POLICE are reminding residents of the Tier 3 restrictions around Hallowe'en so people can celebrate safely.

Liverpool City Region, which includes St Helens is in Tier 3 of restrictions due to the high levels of people coming down with coronavirus.

However with Hallowe'en coming up, police are reminding people of the limitations placed on businesses and individuals.

The Liverpool city region is under Tier 3 regulations at this time and that means:

-All social mixing between households is prohibited indoors and in private gardens (this includes paths and driveways)

-People should not attend amateur sports events as spectators

-People should only visit care homes in exceptional circumstances

-Adhere to guidance against all but essential travel, including school and work

-Travel out of the area is not advised

-Closure of all bars and pubs that do not serve a substantial meal

Chief Inspector Peter Clark said: “We are keen to get the balance right between protecting people from the spread of the Covid-19 and ensuring that they can still enjoy themselves.

“We recognise Halloween is a popular time of year with families and we want people to be able to enjoy it. We must however celebrate safely, so this year that means celebrating differently, within Covid-19 regulations. It is vital that our efforts so far are not in vain and we do not let them slip at this time of year.

"These regulations sit alongside the national “Rule of Six” guidance for open spaces such as parks, maintaining social distancing, wearing a face covering, and washing hands regularly.

“To reduce the risk to children and others and to combat the rise in infections, we’d ask people to use their common sense – we’d recommend that people do not go knocking on doors on Halloween or collecting sweets from communal bowls.

“There are many alternatives that mean you can still enjoy yourselves, visit your local authority’s website for more information on Covid-safe activities for both inside and out of the home.

“We are all striving to reduce the spread of Covid-19 in our regions, and how we mark events like Halloween and Bonfire Night will have an impact on this.”